Is it Safe to Use a Porta Potty in a Thunderstorm?

This is a question that we get sometimes in the stormy summer months, so we figured we’d answer it here.
During a storm when there is thunder and lightning, finding a safe place to wait out the bad weather is incredibly important. For that reason, seeking shelter inside a porta potty is not advised.

Simply put, when a storm hits, there are safer places to go than inside a portable toilet. However,

if you’re already inside of one when a storm hits, you don’t need to get out immediately and run to a different location. Staying inside and finishing your business is usually safe.

Here’s what you need to know:

The Unit

 

A porta john is made of plastic and has a fairly low profile, which makes it a reasonably safe location during a summer storm. The solid plastic construction makes a portable toilet a safer location than other places in a storm, much like a car, which is grounded with rubber tires.

These factors make it a lower risk for getting struck by lightning, but it’s not impossible for it to get hit by lightning. It’s certainly safer than other alternatives like a permanent structure with a metal roof.

Surroundings

The most important consideration when it comes to assessing safety during a storm is your surroundings. A porta potty placed in the middle of a wide, flat field is going to be a bigger target for lightning than a unit that is placed among mature trees, telephone poles, and other tall items. That being said, a portable toilet that is close to a tall tree may be at risk if the tree gets struck and it arcs to the nearby toilet unit. This is rare, but it can create a dangerous situation if it gets hit when someone is inside.

As a rule of thumb, a porta potty is at about as much risk as you are for getting struck by lightning. That means that when it’s the tallest thing around or very close to the tallest thing around, the risk is higher than when there are other tall items around to attract the lightning.

Storm Conditions

It’s important to remember that lightning isn’t the only hazard during a storm. High winds can be just as dangerous!
Typically, the vents in a portable toilet allow air to pass through the top of the unit allowing for ventilation, but during a storm excessive wind can pose a tipping hazard for any porta potty because of its shape. While this risk can typically be minimized by placing the unit on level ground, it cannot be avoided entirely. If you are ever in a storm with high winds, try to stay out of a porta john to avoid becoming the victim of a tip over.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Luxury Portable Restroom Spotlight – Lodge 4 Stall Trailer

Brand new for 2018 is the Lodge 4 Stall Portable Restroom Trailer. This unit features a men’s and women’s section with a private stall and urinal on the men’s side and two private stalls on the women’s side. The section for each gender has a shared sink with running hot and cold water as well as a solid surface countertop and custom maple cabinetry.

With homey touches, your guests will forget that they’re using a portable restroom. The Lodge 4 Stall trailer is clean and well-organized, with an appearance befitting of everything from weddings and black-tie charity events to outdoor festivals and concerts.

The 6-panel interior doors provide a nice aesthetic touch for users to compliment the rugged tile pattern vinyl flooring. This versatile unit boasts a sleek silver aluminum exterior and traditional-looking interior to impress guests at all types of functions. While the exterior attracts attention, the interior will wow users.
The Lodge 4 Stall joins our fleet of luxury portable restrooms, which range in size from 2 stall to 10 stall varieties. With delivery all over Michigan and in surrounding states as well, the Lodge 4 Stall has a 350 guest capacity for the duration of your event.

Contact us today for a quote and to determine if the Lodge 4 Stall is right for your needs. If not, our portable restroom specialists will find the perfect luxury portable toilet for your event.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

A Porta Potty Home? You Heard Right!

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TK Devine is the man behind a revolutionary new idea – the porta potty home. In 2012 he lost his job and declared himself “home free,” moving into his car to save money. It was there that he witnessed firsthand the burgeoning homeless population around him.

Over the course of the last 8 years, the homeless population in LA has risen by 75% and TK decided to do something about it. He got the idea of turning a handicapped accessible portable toilet into a fully-fledged home and starting a business to scale this idea to help others living on the streets. With full-time employees and volunteers, he’s begun growing his business and seeking community buy-in.

Each porta potty home that he helps to build includes the bare necessities – a toilet, bed, shower, space for clothes, stove, and running water. His home idea capitalizes on the popularity of tiny homes with the practicality and frugality of a portable toilet unit.

TK’s personal unit also includes furnishings like a potted plant, books, pictures, and a window. These homey touches make his home feel like just that – home sweet home.

So, why porta potties and not another type of easily producible little home? TK explains, “Because creating a functional, sustainable, dignified, and aesthetically pleasing home, out of the last place people would consider a home means we can make a home out of anything.”

While his business would have to expand substantially to make it all the way to Michigan, we applaud his creativity to use porta potties in a unique and exciting way. Props to you, TK, and good luck in your future porta potty endeavors!
Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Luxury Portable Restroom Spotlight – Villa 3 Stall Trailer

With the designation of “Best interior in the industry,” the Villa 3 Stall trailer has a stunning modern interior. If you want to impress guests, this trailer is the unit to do just that! The wow factor of this luxury restroom unit comes from the gorgeous details on walls the floor as well as the cabinetry and countertops. Tile-style flooring complements the two-tone walls and dark custom cabinets. White countertops pop against this darker background setting.

The Villa 3 Stall is a flex trailer, meaning that the stall configuration can be 1 male/2 female or 2 male/1 female to cater to your guest demographics. The men’s private stalls include a urinal, flushing toilet, and sink, while the women’s private stalls include a flushing toilet and sink. All sinks have running hot/cold water.

There is an A/C or heat option (depending on the season) to keep the stalls climate controlled for greater comfort during use. There is also low-level exterior lighting for use in the evening. Guests will love using these gorgeous bathrooms at a variety of different event types.

A standard garden hose hookup or onboard water holding tank services the unit for practical use almost anywhere you can think of for your event. The 400-gallon waste holding tank services 350 max attendees for an 8-10 hour event. The standard 20-amp outlet uses a house, garage, or powered outbuilding as the power source.
Stylish décor like rugs, pictures, and faux flowers complete the look by rounding out the trailer’s appearance. These special touches make the unit a one-of-a-kind luxury portable restroom.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

An Outdoor Fall Wedding – It Can Be Done!

Nothing is better than an outdoor Michigan wedding, but many brides and grooms-to-be assume that they can only take advantage of Michigan’s splendor in the spring and summer months. If your dream is to have an outdoor autumn wedding, these are the most essential items to include:

  1. Tent
  2. While a tent may be an optional item at an outdoor wedding in the warmer months, it is a staple for fall weddings. Tents bring people together and protect them from the elements in all seasons, but they are even more useful in the fall. A tent is crucial to define the area of the wedding for guests so that you only need to heat and light a small area. Additionally, the unpredictability of autumn weather makes cover from cold rain essential.

  3. Heaters
  4. Autumn temperatures are typically cold and crisp, which makes heaters crucial for guests to keep warm. This is especially important for evening wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, and receptions. Make guests comfortable to keep them enjoying the wedding late into the afternoon or evening. Rent plenty of heaters so that you can space them out to give attendees enough room to socialize. The last thing you want is everyone trying to huddle around a limited number of heat sources.

    For more rustic weddings, forgo the heaters and opt for a campfire or bonfire instead. If you’re bucking tradition, you can also consider doing s’mores instead of a regular cake. (Just be sure to let the toasted marshmallows cool before smooshing them in each other’s faces!)

  5. Lights
  6. Autumn months mean shorter days, which makes lights a necessity. Set the right ambiance by using lower level mood lighting on tables, around the dance floor, and near the bar. The right lighting will not only illuminate the event but also create beautiful pictures for the wedding party and guests. Twinkling string lights, pendants, and Edison bulbs are gorgeous selections for the intimacy and romance of an outdoor autumn wedding.

  7. Restroom Trailers
  8. Provide guests with the ultimate in luxury – a portable restroom trailer. These bathroom options will allow you to have a fancy bathroom no matter where your wedding is held. Luxury portable toilets provide guests with functionality combined with aesthetics to create a memorable wedding-worthy experience. They also give members of the wedding party a spacious, climate-controlled location to change.

  9. Comfort Food
  10. Feed guests the flavors of the fall to create a true autumn experience. Incorporate fun, flavorful items like pressed apple cider and fresh pumpkin spice donuts to give the feel of cozy fall experience. Make main entrees warm, homey comfort foods that guests will remember.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!